Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Monday night says the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, made no mistake by appointing him as National Youth Coordinator of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
This is even as he maintained that it would be unfair for anybody not to regard a young person like him as suitable to lead Nigerian youths.
Bello made the statement when he appeared on Politics Today, a popular programme on Channels TV.
The United Nations, without prejudice to any other definitions made by Member States, defines ‘youth’ as persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
But a defiant Bello announced on the live programme on Monday night that he is still a young person despite being almost twice the age gap.
He said, “Today, I consider myself as a young man in my late 40s. I am a bridge between very young, old and middle-age people. I became a governor of Kogi State at the age of 40 and now 47 years. As a governor, I have brought about revolution in the state.
“If you look at those who work around me, they are basically youths. I am the one who understand the language metamorphosing, growing and coming from them. I am more connected with the younger generation. That connectivity is what made our leader to consider me fit for this task (youth coordinator).”
When asked where he hopes to find the majority of the young people he is saddled to coordinate and woo to vote in 2023, the governor stated that he would have no problem getting them.
“The youths of today are found everywhere in Nigeria. We have had the connection already. It is a base that more or less come into contest and it will continue to swell.
“I can assure you that in the next general election, we are going to sweep the poll. That’s because the youths know that when I talk, I speak the truth. That’s also because I have seen our candidate’s capability and integrity to choose and go for the best. I am ready to stake my integrity for that,” he said.